1. NIH FIRST at Mount Sinai
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Meet Our Team

The NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) program at Icahn Mount Sinai is led by a multidisciplinary team of renowned investigators. The twelve new faculty that we hire will be sorted, based on their scientific foci and expertise, into four clusters (neuroscience, health equity, cancer, and microbiology) within The Friedman Brain Institute, the Institute for Health Equity Research, The Tisch Cancer Institute, and the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute. Leaders from across the institution are deeply committed to the success of these faculty and the program overall.

In addition to our core faculty, our staff, executive steering committee, external advisory board and outreach partners collaborate with us as partners in outreach and recruitment of FIRST faculty candidate including

External Advisory Board

Staff

  • Erin Brittain, Faculty Development and Evaluation Core Program Coordinator
  • Ju-hsin (Judy) Chen, Research Programmer Analyst
  • Cindy Clesca, Cluster Oversight Coordinator
  • Richa Deshpande, Biostatistician
  • Yvette Hutson, Administrative Core Coordinator
  • Holden Kata, Senior Program Manager

Outreach Partners

The NIH FIRST Cohort Cluster Hiring Initiative at Icahn Mount Sinai is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U54CA267776. This award is supported by the NIH Common Fund, through the Office of Strategic Coordination/Office of the NIH Director.

Administrative Core

Composed of the principal investigator and multiple principal investigators, our Administrative Core oversees all aspects of the NIH FIRST program at Icahn Mount Sinai.

Emma K Benn, DrPH
Emma K Benn, DrPH

Principal Investigator

Kirk Campbell, MD
Kirk Campbell, MD

Multiple Principal Investigator

Eric J Nestler, MD, PhD
Eric J Nestler, MD, PhD

Multiple Principal Investigator

Lynne D Richardson, MD
Lynne D Richardson, MD

Multiple Principal Investigator

Cluster Oversight Committee

The Cluster Oversight Committee facilitates research success and professional development of the new hires in their respective Institutes.

Luz Claudio, PhD
Luz Claudio, PhD

Research Cluster Affiliation: Health Equity
Professor

Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD
Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, PhD

Research Cluster Affiliation: Microbiology
Director, Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute

Carol R Horowitz, MD, MPH
Carol R Horowitz, MD, MPH

Research Cluster Affiliation: Health Equity
Founding Director, Institute for Health Equity Research

Yasmin Hurd, PhD
Yasmin Hurd, PhD

Research Cluster Affiliation: Neuroscience
Director, Addiction Institute at Mount Sinai

Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD
Ramon Parsons, MD, PhD

Research Cluster Affiliation: Cancer
Director, The Tisch Cancer Institute

Viviana A Simon, MD, PhD
Viviana A Simon, MD, PhD

Research Cluster Affiliation: Microbiology
Professor

Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD
Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD

Research Cluster Affiliation: Cancer
Director, Institute for Translational Epidemiology

Barbara Vickrey, MD, MPH
Barbara Vickrey, MD, MPH

Research Cluster Affiliation: Neuroscience
Chair and Professor of Neurology

Evaluation Core

The Evaluation Core is responsible for assessing the effectiveness and impact of NIH FIRST at Mount Sinai through rigorous, multilevel, iterative evaluation.

Uraina Clark, PhD
Uraina Clark, PhD

Core Director

Sarah J Miller, PsyD
Sarah J Miller, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Tracy Layne, PhD, MPH
Tracy Layne, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Jamilia Sly, PhD
Jamilia Sly, PhD

Assistant Professor

Executive Steering Committee

Gary C Butts, MD
Gary C Butts, MD
DEAN FOR DIVERSITY PROGRAMS, POLICY, AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER FOR THE MOUNT SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM
PROFESSOR | Medical Education
PROFESSOR | Pediatrics
PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
Dennis S Charney, MD
Dennis S Charney, MD
DEAN | Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, MOUNT SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM
PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
PROFESSOR | Neuroscience
PROFESSOR | Pharmacological Sciences
Alison M Goate, DPhil
Alison M Goate, DPhil
PROFESSOR & CHAIR | Genetics and Genomic Sciences
PROFESSOR | Neuroscience
PROFESSOR | Neurology
Annetine C Gelijns, PhD, JD
Annetine C Gelijns, PhD, JD
PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR | Population Health Science and Policy
Paul J Kenny, PhD
Paul J Kenny, PhD
PROFESSOR & CHAIR | Neuroscience
DIRECTOR, DRUG DISCOVERY INSTITUTE
Reginald W Miller, DVM, DACLAM
Reginald W Miller, DVM, DACLAM
DEAN FOR RESEARCH OPERATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
PROFESSOR | Comparative Medicine and Surgery
PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
R. Sean Morrison, MD
R. Sean Morrison, MD
PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR | Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
PROFESSOR | Anesthesiology, Perioperative & Pain Medicine
PROFESSOR | Medicine
Peter Palese, PhD
Peter Palese, PhD
PROFESSOR & CHAIR | Microbiology
PROFESSOR | Medicine, Infectious Diseases
SHEMA B PATEL-COAKLEY
SHEMA B PATEL-COAKLEY
DEAN, ADMINISTRATION, ISMMS | Administration
Lisa M Satlin, MD
Lisa M Satlin, MD
PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR | Pediatrics
PROFESSOR | Medicine, Nephrology
David C Thomas, MD, MS, MHPE
David C Thomas, MD, MS, MHPE
DEAN | Medical Education
PROFESSOR | Medicine, General Internal Medicine
PROFESSOR | Rehabilitation and Human Performance
PROFESSOR | Medical Education
Robert O Wright, MD, MPH
Robert O Wright, MD, MPH
PROFESSOR AND SYSTEM CHAIR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
PROFESSOR | Pediatrics

Faculty Development Core

The Faculty Development Core is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive, equitable mentorship and professional development program to support the research success of our new research faculty.

Kecia Carroll, MD
Kecia Carroll, MD

Division Chief and Professor, Pediatrics

Ilse S Daehn, PhD
Ilse S Daehn, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Nephrology)

Jacqueline Hargrove, PhD
Jacqueline Hargrove, PhD

Assistant Professor and Clinical Director, Psychology

Ann-Gel S Palermo, Dr PH
Ann-Gel S Palermo, Dr PH

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD
Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology)